The exchange rate may still not be totally in our favour right now, but if you’re heading to the USA anytime soon, and Los Angeles in particular, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the “City of Angels” without it breaking the bank. When it comes to free activities, for a start you can head for the beach, specifically Venice Beach. Not only will you be able to enjoy a cooling dip in the Pacific Ocean, but the Venice boardwalk is great for a leisurely walk; you’ll see the famous Muscle Beach, shop for cheap souvenirs at its many stalls, and enjoy people watching from a beachfront cafe. Another place for a great stroll, and people watching, is Hollywood Boulevard; things to put on your “must-do” list here include seeing the famous stars in the pavement, listen to street performers do their thing, and enjoy a cold beer at one of many bars. If you’ve got the kids with you, or you enjoy astronomy, the California Science Center offers cheap admission, and a chance to check out the decommissioned Space Shuttle Endeavour. Also worth a look is the Cabrillo Marine Museum, which has one of the largest collections of marine life on the West Coast housed in a facility designed by the famous architect, Frank Gehry. Admission is by donation and very reasonable. Kids will also love the Hollywood Wax Museum, which is packed with wax statues of your favourite stars from past and present, and has a love entry fee. Dinosaur fans will enjoy a visit to LaBrea Tar Pits Museum which tells the story of the area’s geology and chemistry, as well as plenty of great info about those huge prehistoric beasts. The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens is also worth putting on your list as it can take a day to see everything, and for fun, cheap eats combined with people watching, head to Exposition Park, which is home to a collection of quirky food courts.